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Date: 5/17/13 8:41 PM

Do you all organize things like thread, elastic, bias binding, buttons, etc.? A wall rack for thread isn't an option for me.

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Date: 5/17/13 8:42 PM

I have one of those carts with plastic drawers. Most of the drawers hold fabric but one keeps the types of things you mentioned. I have zip lock bags - one for buttons, one for binding, etc.

The whole thing fits in a closet which is nice.

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Date: 5/17/13 8:49 PM

Craft carts or smaller (than a craft cart) multi drawer stacking chests (plastic).

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Date: 5/17/13 9:09 PM

I wrap loose bits of elastic, ribbon, lace etc around flattened toilet paper rolls.

I use the above mentioned plastic carts/drawers.

I use plastic drawers for serger thread cones.

I have tried many options for thread and am not really pleased with too many of them.

The best for me is the plastic boxes Ferro Roche chocolates some in at Christmas. They are tall enough for Mettler thread spools and stack easily.

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Date: 5/18/13 0:57 AM

Ikea boxes for zippers, bindings, and piping. Thread racks on the wall for the thread but if that weren't an option then I'd try another ikea box for that or look into a tool-box. Buttons are in a pretty jar where they're more decoration than anything else at the moment. Granted, that works best for loose buttons. The ones on a card don't look nearly so nice stuffed in a jar.If I really cared I'd pull those off the card and put them in a tiny ziplock bag from the jewelry aisle.

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Date: 5/18/13 2:01 AM

I have a wall thread closet for my threads - opens really wide and thread fits on spools inside and inside the doors as well (organized by type). DH bought it for me and I love it. My larger serger cones are in a three tiered round wire shoe rack that sits in the corner of my serger table. It works great. I use clear medium sized apothocary jars to hold some supplies (decorative/colorful and easy to get to). I also have a plastic cart that is filled with various supplies. My rulers are each on a little hook next to my thread rack.

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Date: 5/18/13 9:50 AM

I don't have a lot of usable wall space either. I use one of those vintage accordian style sewing cabinets by my SM for thread. Buttons and toggles etc are in a tackle box. I use a rolling cart with 10 drawers for daily supplies.

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Date: 5/18/13 10:16 AM

For many years I used the wall racks for thread, but after 30+ years of sewing I had a lot of thread and it was always collecting dust. I got tired of cleaning thread spools so started looking around for a different storage system and found this
I love it. My thread stays dust free. Each tray holds a different color.
I keep my loose buttons in jars and the button cards in a sewing basket. Ribbons and trims go in a basket on the shelf under my cutting table.

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Date: 5/18/13 10:18 AM

I have (labeled) boxes upon boxes that I use for seam bindings, elastics, etc. My threads were mostly on racks, but, housecleaning not being my favorite leisure activity, they were getting dusty fast. Two nights ago I took all my embroidery and quilting threads and put them in a Sulky-type plastic case, the type with spool pins. Some all- purpose threads went into the small plastic boxes the embroidery threads originally came in, some went into those long tubes that can hold up to six spools. I was able to lay most of the tubes across the the wooden rack, so I can still see all the colors (and I don't feel I wasted money on the spool rack!). The few spools that are still loose on a rack are mostly wrapped in a plastic wrap.

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Date: 5/18/13 10:28 AM

my mother and sister use a chest of drawers. it works for them.
put little organizers in like shoe boxes and other things to. organize it.

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